Colloque : Owning Our Emotions — Emotion, Authenticity and the Self

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International Research Conference

21–22 September 2016
Senate House, London

Registration for this conference is now open
(closing date 8 September 2016)

To register, please visit the conference registration website here and follow the links and instructions. If you have any questions, please address any inquires to arts-philosophy-events@open.ac.uk

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Our keynote speakers

  • Professor Monika Betzler, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich
  • Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Denis McManus, University of Southampton
  • Dr Carolyn Price, The Open University
  • Professor Fabrice Teroni, University of Geneva
  • Dr Jonathan Webber, University of Cardiff
  • Professor Christine Straehle, University of Ottowa*
  • Professor Justin White, Brigham Young University*
  • Mr Daniel Vanello, University of Warwick*

*selected by blind peer review

Conference themes

How do emotions relate to the self?  On one possible view, emotions stand outside the self: they reflect biological drives or cultural demands independent of – perhaps even inimical to – the subject’s own interests or values; when we act out of emotion, we are driven to act by psychological forces external to ourselves. But on another view, our emotional dispositions help to constitute who we are; words and deeds that come ‘from the heart’ are judged to have a special kind of worth, arising from their authenticity. In everyday contexts, people seem to think about emotion in both these ways, depending on the situation. But can these two views be reconciled? And if not, which view comes closer to the truth?
The purpose of this conference is to throw light on these questions, capitalising on the progress that has been made in the philosophy of emotion in recent years, as well as drawing on studies in the history of philosophy and on a range of philosophical traditions.

Directions for conference delegates

For a printable map of Senate House and nearest London underground and railway stations, please click on How to get to Senate House. Senate House is part of the University of London and helpful advice on different options for travel and transport are available here.

The conference is organized by the Philosophy Department of the Open University in conjunction with Department’s Reasons and Norms research group. It is supported by the Mind Association and by the Institute of Philosophy. For questions about the conference, please contact our conference administrator Ms Yvonne Bartley at arts-philosophy-events@open.ac.uk